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  • China, ‘key partner’ for Burkinabe development - Vice-PM
    12 july 2018 15:47:11
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - China wants to be ‘a key partner’ for the development of Burkina Faso, the Chinese Vice-Prime Minister, Hu Chunhua, said on Thursday at the opening of his country’s embassy in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys 171 Election Observation Mission to Mali's July 29 presidential vote
    11 july 2018 18:05:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and ECOWAS Commission President, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, will lead the organisation’s 171-member Observation Mission to Mali’s July 29 crucial presidential vote. Full text...

  • Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ Ethiopia, Eritrea peace declaration
    11 july 2018 06:20:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond. Full text...

  • DR Congo’s President Kabila 'snubs' UN, AU chiefs, rights group says
    10 july 2018 20:30:46
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila has abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki, a human rights group said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 16 independent candidates bid for seats in Rwandan parliamentary election
    10 july 2018 14:37:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 16 independent candidates, including one woman, will contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held 2-3 September, 2018, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Kalisa Mbanda, confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 7 years after South Sudan's independence, humanitarian needs are unprecedented - NRC
    10 july 2018 07:04:57
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called for the recent peace deal in South Sudan to deliver real change. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's elections offer chance to break with gross human rights violations - Rights group
    10 july 2018 06:55:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's election at the end of this month will take place in the context of decades of politically motivated gross human rights violations, including mass killings, the forced disappearance of critics and suppression of peaceful protesters, human rights group, Amnesty International, said in a new briefing published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US calls for immediate end of conflict as South Sudan celebrates independence
    09 july 2018 18:52:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US Secretary of State has lamented that as South Sudan's 7th independence anniversary arrives, Southern Sudanese are actually suffering war and displacement instead of rejoicing the fruits of their long struggle for independence. Full text...

  • President Barrow says individual attitudes towards work reflect collective achievements
    09 july 2018 16:18:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “Our individual attitude towards work will reflect our collective achievements, hence we must serve as examples and take positive steps to make major reforms in our institutions to promote transparency and accountability," the words of Gambian President Adama Barrow at the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet on Monday. Full text...

  • NEC directs political parties to submit lists of nominated candidates for parliamentary election
    09 july 2018 16:09:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has asked all registered political parties to submit their list of nominated candidates in order of priority ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September, 2018, an official source confirmed Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea sign end of war declaration in Asmara
    09 july 2018 15:25:01
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) - Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Eritrean host President, Isias Aferweki, have signed a declaration to end two decades of "No-war-No peace", setting the stage for the normalisation of strained diplomatic relations, both sides announced on Monday. Full text...

  • IGAD commends Ethiopian-Eritrean quest to restore ties
    09 july 2018 15:00:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The East African inter-government authority on development (IGAD) has commended the restoration of ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea, describing it as being the result of “wise and courageous leadership”. Full text...

  • Kagame salutes historic meeting between Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders
    09 july 2018 09:27:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President and current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Paul Kagame has lauded the meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, who agreed on Sunday to restore diplomatic relations after nearly 20 years and to open the border between their neighbouring Horn of Africa countries. Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s new Cabinet take oath
    09 july 2018 09:19:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow is expected to preside over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President, cabinet ministers and other top senior officials on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa's ruling party reconsiders ICC withdrawal threat
    06 july 2018 10:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress on Friday said Cabinet will have to consult the party before reconsidering the decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Rights group urges Security Council to impose arms embargo on South Sudan
    05 july 2018 19:25:34
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN Security Council meets today to review measures aimed at bringing long-overdue peace and stability to South Sudan, Amnesty International is reiterating its longstanding call for the imposition of a comprehensive arms embargo to cut off the supply of weapons being used to kill, maim and destroy the lives of the South Sudanese people. Full text...

  • Chinese advance team arrives in Rwanda to prepare for Xi Jinping visit
    05 july 2018 17:56:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese vice minister of the State Council Information Office, Guo Weimin, arrived Thursday in Rwanda, three weeks ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Rwanda from 22-23 July, an official source confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rights group says Equatorial Guinea amnesty should be catalyst for human rights change
    05 july 2018 15:34:00
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, said on Thursday that the announcement of amnesty to all activists and opposition members should be a first real step to their freedom. Full text...

  • Mediators hand negotiators proposal on governance in South Sudan
    05 july 2018 14:27:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Mediators from Sudan and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) on Wednesday handed South Sudanese negotiators a proposal on future governance and power-sharing in the world's newest nation. Full text...

  • UN Secretary General to visit DR Congo
    05 july 2018 12:01:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is to visit Democratic Republic of Congo in the near future where a standoff between the country's long-term president Joseph Kabila and opposition has been tearing the country apart, creating instability, insecurity and humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • UN expert raises red flags about deteriorating rights situation in Mali
    04 july 2018 19:26:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations rights expert on Wednesday decried the “alarming” deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of Mali. Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council urged to put oil terminals under National Oil Company
    04 july 2018 13:05:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The official spokesperson for the Libyan presidential council, Mohamed al-Sallek, has said all oil ports and installations should be put under the exclusive control of the National Oil Company (NOC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military stresses neutrality in upcoming 30 July elections
    04 july 2018 12:42:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday stressed their neutrality in the upcoming 30 July presidential and parliamentary elections refuting claims that members of the security forces have been deployed in rural areas to intimidate villagers. Full text...

  • 'We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan': UN deputy chief
    04 july 2018 06:31:33
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - In a visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, the UN Deputy Secretary-General spoke mother-to-mother with displaced women, pledging that she and other senior women leaders from the international community will not give up on the hope for peace for their nation. Full text...

  • Buhari commends cordial relations between Nigeria and Kuwait
    03 july 2018 16:04:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Abuja commended the cordial relations between Nigeria and the State of Kuwait. Full text...

  • African continental free trade area gains momentum with 49th ratification (News Analysis by Aimable TWahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    03 july 2018 13:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five countries - Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa - this week joined the other African states in ratifying the African continental free trade area AfCFTA, only three months after it was officially opened for signature, but some governments are still assessing their policies before eliminating tariffs on intra-African trade in goods Full text...

  • Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights, says UN chief
    03 july 2018 06:59:14
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the “pivotal role” played by parliaments and their importance to “advance the aspirations” of the citizens they represent. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma's son dead at 38
    02 july 2018 11:43:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the South African Presidency on Monday confirmed that one of former President Jacob Zuma's sons has died. He was 38. Full text...

  • UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel
    01 july 2018 06:31:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa's vast Sahel region. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Cabinet approves Bill seeking amnesty for armed groups, political prisoners
    30 june 2018 14:55:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Cabinet has approved a new Bill seeking amnesty for three armed groups previously declared as terrorist organizations, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa in Nouakchott for AU Summit
    30 june 2018 10:44:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived here Saturday for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government officially opening on Sunday. Full text...

  • ‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal, human rights – UN Chief
    30 june 2018 10:30:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With new solutions proposed, and new partnerships established, the United Nations Secretary-General has told delegates from Member States attending the first ever High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, that he was committed to meeting the challenge of “keeping your citizens safe”. Full text...

  • Sahel region must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts - UN commission
    29 june 2018 19:34:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. Full text...

  • President Barrow names new VP in Gambian cabinet reshuffle
    29 june 2018 17:44:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Friday reshuffled his cabinet removing Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang and redeploying her to the foreign service. Full text...

  • European leaders reach consensus on migration crisis
    29 june 2018 16:35:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - After hours of debate, the 28 European leaders, who met in Brussels on Friday, finally reach a deal for a provisional solution to the migration crisis, including Italy which had earlier threatened to veto against any arrangement. Full text...

  • Rwandan political parties prepare for parliamentary election
    29 june 2018 16:21:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Friday gave political parties and independent candidates the green light to pave the ground for campaigns slated to kick off on 12 July 2018, ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September. Full text...

  • Ghana's former vice president Amissah-Arthur dies
    29 june 2018 07:36:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead, the local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana president sacks Chairperson of Electoral Commission, two deputies
    28 june 2018 20:54:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sacked the three top officials of the Electoral Commission for misbehaviour and incompetence. Full text...

  • South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council hears
    28 june 2018 20:38:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the country’s long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘first concrete step’ in normalizing Eritrea-Ethiopia relationship
    28 june 2018 19:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the high-level visit of a delegation from Eritrea to neighbouring Ethiopia which began on Tuesday, as “a first concrete step” in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • AU welcomes South Sudan’s permanent ceasefire agreement
    28 june 2018 19:12:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the Khartoum Declaration Agreement between the Parties to the Conflict in South Sudan, signed on 27 June 2018. Full text...

  • Juba starts implementing ceasefire deal
    28 june 2018 18:51:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan has started implementing the permanent ceasefire deal it concluded on Wednesday with opposition groups in Khartoum, Sudan, according to a senior government official. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa visits Tanzania
    28 june 2018 11:24:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa arrived in Dar es Salaam on Thursday for a two-day state visit and he was received at Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport by his host, President John Pombe Magufuli. Full text...

  • Workshop tasks ECOWAS, media on peace, security
    28 june 2018 09:13:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day ECOWAS workshop on the Role of the Media in Promoting Peace and Security in West Africa ended in Abuja, on Wednesday with recommendations, including capacity strengthening and structured engagement with the media to support the regional integration agenda. Full text...

  • Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators
    27 june 2018 22:27:13
    New York, US (PANA) - In Burundi, opponents of constitutional reform supported by the Government have faced torture and execution amid a “continuing environment of threats and intimidation”, senior UN investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudanese rivals sign permanent ceasefire deal
    27 june 2018 17:35:52
    Khartoum, Sudan, (PANA) - South Sudanese rival groups, including government and armed opposition, on Wednesday signed a permanent ceasefire declaration, within a Khartoum Agreement for Peace in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia PM announces confidence building measures to spur peace talks with Eritrea
    27 june 2018 12:25:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Talks to end a two-decade long peace deadlock between Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea have kicked off in Addis Ababa, with the immediate announcement of confidence building measures between the two sides. Full text...

  • South Africa's official opposition barred from its own official
    27 june 2018 11:19:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday received a fresh setback when the Western Cape High Court set aside the party’s decision to terminate Patricia de Lille's party membership for comments she made during a radio interview. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe political parties sign peace pledge
    26 june 2018 12:47:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe political parties taking part in the 30 July presidential and general elections on Tuesday signed a peace pledge in Harare in which they made a public commitment to say no violence, force or intimidation, hate speech and inducing fear. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to act with ‘one strong voice’ on ills plaguing Middle East, North Africa
    25 june 2018 20:16:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Ambassadors in the UN Security Council have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to find ‘much-needed consensus’ to resolve the myriad challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. Full text...

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